by Jerry Shottenkirk
February 6, 2020
It’s difficult to go 1-on-1 with Chad Brown’s stable, and 1-on-2 makes it even more of a challenge.
That’s what trainer Kevin Attard faces Saturday in the Grade 3 Suwanee River at Gulfstream Park, and could have just the runner to answer that call.
Attard trainee Starship Jubilee takes on Brown representatives Magic Star and Tapit Today. Starship Jubilee has two distinct advantages – speed and experience. The 7-year-old can either take command, or if the pace in the 1 1-8th-mile race is too hot, run from off the pace. The Suwanee River looks more like the latter than the former today, and jockey Luis Saez often is terrific on the front end.
Starship Jubilee has won 15 of 33 starts and $1.2 million, won the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor and Grade 2 Canadian at Woodbine last year and opened 2020 with an easy win in the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf. She was 2-to-5 in the one and it was as easy a spot as horseplayers indicated.
When it comes to credentials, Starship Jubilee is all alone in this one. But Magic Star and Tapid Today are up-and-comers and are good enough to use alongside Starship Jubilee in the late Pick 4, which runs from races 9-12.
Magic Star has raced only three times in a career that began just last August. She’s won two of three and most recently was up in time in the Grade 3 Marshua’s River Stakes over this course. She’s a big closer and will need some help from those on the front end.
Tapit Today has found her niche in turf racing and has won half of her six starts, including three of her last four. Her wins came at Monmouth and Tampa, and she was second in the restricted Riskaverse at Saratoga. This is her toughest test but she’s certainly going the right direction in her career.
All three made it onto the suggested Pick 4 ticket, which comes to $36 and has a 2x4x3x4 approach. The opening ninth race has the fewest on the ticket as Cash Call Kitten and Twenty Four Seven stand out over their rivals.
Here’s a suggested play in the late Pick 4, which runs from races 9 through 12:
Race 9) #1 Cash Call Kitten, #10 Twenty Four Seven.
Race 10) #1 Genghis, #3 Cross Court, #5 Ricki Ticki Taffi, #7 With Verve.
Race 11) #3 Magic Star, #6 Starship Jubilee, #7 Tapit Today.
Race 12) #3 Eight Ain’t Enough, #11 Dramatic Kitten, #12 Friendly Fella.
50-cent Pick 4 ticket: 1-10 with 1-3-5-7 with 3-6-7 with 3-11-12 ($36).